Respected South Island tourism operator Dave Hawkey is about to
begin work on a special project at Christchurch International
Mr Hawkey last year resigned as chief executive of Real
Journeys, based in Te Anau, but from late February will work on a
project tentatively called South, highlighting the airport as a
central player in bringing visitors into the South Island.
"Christchurch International Airport is the entry point to the
best New Zealand has to offer, which makes it a central player in
New Zealand's number one industry - tourism," says CIAL Chief
Executive Jim Boult.
"The South Island offers stunning scenery, amazing attractions
and fantastic hospitality. Visitors spend more time and more money
in the South Island, which are very important factors in the
recovery of Christchurch.
"Delivering on much-promoted promises to overseas visitors of
New Zealand being full of snow-capped mountains, fiords, beautiful
lakes and friendly people is only possible in the South Island.
"We understand the airport's increasingly important role as the
gateway to all that. The airport team continues to help achieve
that deliverable to our overseas visitors … hence the reason for
Dave Hawkey says he is keen to get home and get started.
"I loved my ten years at Real Journeys," he says. "It is a great
company with great people, but I'm thrilled to be returning to
Christchurch and its airport to work on this important project.
"South is hugely exciting. We want to bring together the very
best of the South Island - people, scenery and experiences - and
unite them to give every visitor an unforgettable experience".